Epiphone Spartan

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The Spartan was introduced in 1934 as a direct competitor to the Gibson L4. Both were midrange archtops with a round soundhole. However, the round soundhole did not catch on and both were changed to f-holes in 1936. The last Spartan was made in 1949. The Spartan is the only Epiphone Masterbilt archtop produced with a round soundhole. The 1934 catalog states:  catalog 1934

According to Wiedler Epiphone produced from 1934-’49 around 1100 Spartans of which now 100 examples have been registered.

Spartan, Epiphone catalog 1936